Tallahassee resident who threw drink on Matt Gaetz gets 12 months probation

SELENA JO CHAMBERS

By DOTTY NIST

Selena Jo Chambers, a 41-year-old Tallahassee resident who had been arrested in April 2023 for throwing a drink on U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, will serve 12 months’ probation by mail-in.

According to an arrest report, Gaetz had contacted a deputy while attending the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival at Grand Boulevard on April 29, 2023, and had reported that an individual later identified as Chambers had thrown a drink that had struck him on the left shoulder, also walking past Gaetz and his family while cursing at them. Witnesses had confirmed that Chambers had thrown the drink at Gaetz, according to the report, and Gaetz had indicated that he wanted to press charges.

After being arrested on the third-degree felony charge of battery on a public employee and the first-degree misdemeanor charge of battery, Chambers had been released on $1,000 bond from the Walton County Jail on the day of her arrest.

While initially stating that she had tripped and spilled her drink on Gaetz, according to the arrest report, Chambers had later pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to the charges on May 1, 2023.

Plea and sentencing terms agreed to by Chambers and the State of Florida, and entered on Feb. 21, 2024, provided for the court to withhold adjudication of guilt, service of the 12-month probation, no contact with the victim, and payment of the following: restitution to Gaetz with the amount of restitution to be reserved for 90 days, $572 in fines and costs, a $50 cost of prosecution, and a $41-per-month cost of supervision. Other terms included submittal of fingerprints and contacting Walton County Probation within 24 hours of the entry of the plea.

Assistant State Attorney Angela Liles served as prosecutor for the case for the Office of the State Attorney.